Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Milwaukee Bucks' Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shows the form on his hook shot that the Los Angeles Lakers couldn't stop in their NBA Western Division playoff game in Los Angeles April 5, 1974. Jabbar is shooting over Lakers' Elmore Smith. Jabbar scored 31 points to lead the Bucks to a 112-90 victory. (AP Photo/George Brich)

The last time the Milwaukee Bucks were in the NBA Finals, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the star of the team and a prominent civil rights advocate.

He was instrumental in the Bucks winning the NBA Finals in 1971, and he'd be named the NBA's MVP three times in the next four years. And while Abdul-Jabbar was giving everything he had to the team, he was also bringing racial inequalities and lack of access to jobs for people of color to the forefront.


In this Aug. 29, 2020, file photo, members of the Milwaukee Bucks join arms as they kneel during the national anthem before an NBA basketball first round playoff game against the Orlando Magic Saturday, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Ahead of Labor Day, major U.S. labor unions say they are considering work stoppages in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The unions say they're following the lead of professional athletes who last week staged strikes to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. Ashley Landis/AP Photo


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